One in our party used the old outhouse for the lookout...hidden in the woods near the lookout site.
Drove up. Wide views. Good wildflowers. Long long roads.
Drove up in the dark with high clearance.
This was my fourth of four CoGPPs summited in one day. I was able to drive my passenger vehicle to the summit, although I had to stop numerous times along FR-470 to remove hidden rocks. During my descent, I saw a cougar running down FR-40 from the slopes of Saddle Butte. I also encountered the largest bird I have ever personally seen in wilderness: a California condor. At first I could not believe it, but there was no mistaking the species (as I had previous seen them in captivity, in books, and on television). Some people I initially told about the sighting thought I was mistaken, as California condors had not been in Northwest wilderness areas for many years. I did some research after returning home and found out the Oregon Zoo had released 10 California condors (including three from the previous year), so it is likely I saw one of those. It was likely a once-in-a-lifetime bird sighting for me, and not one I will soon forget.